Races put Democratic majority at risk

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Democrats are at risk of losing their supermajority in the state Legislature, with voters sour on incumbents.

Republicans need to pick up just one House or Senate seat in November to take the three-fifths majority that has allowed Democrats to do such things as pass a tax on hospitals and insurers to cover expanded health coverage for 80,000 children.

Although the hospitals and insurers had agreed to the tax, that legislation squeaked through the House on a party-line vote.

Just two years ago, Democrats solidified their supermajority by winning 36 of 60 seats in the House and securing 18 of 30 in the Senate.

Political strategists from both sides say at least 16 hotly contested legislative races could rewrite the power equation in Salem.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com